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The Smokies Being the Smokies

  As we finished our first full day of shooting with the group, a gloomy, overcast, rainy, and great day got even better.  Near the end of the day, we began to see blue sky and the sun came out, basking the iconic scene on Sparks Lane with its golden glow.  Then, on the way […]

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The Smoky Tour Begins

Tomorrow we start shooting with the group.  Looks like we will have a week of mixed weather which should be good for varied opportunities.  Looking forward to some great shooting with a great group. The blog image is from the iconic Sparks Lane in Cades Cove.  

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Whose Vision Are You Chasing?

Alabama Hills –  Yes the sky was working this day! Whose vision are you chasing?  Chuck Kimmerle’s latest post is excellent, stop now and go read it.  No really, go read it, it is essential reading.  Alright, now that you’re back, his post validated what I have been teaching in my new lecture “Discovery and the […]

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One last roll in the dunes

I can’t help it, one more from the Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley.  How I love these dunes! I’ve been spending more and more time with the Perfectly Clear plug-in, trying it on all of my images just to see what I get.  Never tried it on B&W but did on this.  I felt […]

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The rest of the story….

A high school friend reminded me of an image that was on my old site but not part of this one.  It is a personal favorite and one my Mother has hanging in her house. I used it as part of a blog post back in November, but today I wanted to share the rest […]

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Lectures, Tours, Workshops and thoughts on the Fuji X-T1

Fonthill – Fuji X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens Its been a busy couple of weeks.  I had the pleasure of speaking at the Churchville Camera Club meeting on Monday as well as the Digital Image Makers last week. This coming Monday, I’ll be at the Doylestown Camera Club presenting my program “Discovery and the Creative […]

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First Shots with the Fuji 10-24mm Lens – Weekend Workshop wrap up.

This past weekend was the Eastern State Penitentiary and Fonthill workshop.  The group was very talented and lots of fun, I was sad to see them go.  The images they showed at the beginning of the workshop were incredible!   As is my style, I don’t shoot much during a workshop, however, I did manage […]

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Trona Pinnacles

I mentioned Trona in my last post.  This image is from what is called the Trona Pinnacles.  There you will find Tufas much like those at Mono Lake but without the lake.  For this image I used two Singh-Ray filters, the 10 stop Mor-Slo along with my LB warming polarizer.  Using a polarizer with a […]

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What is the subject?

As we traveled from Trona to Death Valley, I saw this sky developing.  The problem was finding a foreground worthy of putting with it.   We drove for a few miles and I finally decided that the foreground was not near as important as the sky.  The sky was the subject.  As such I filled […]

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Zabriskie Point – Death Valley

When we were in Death Valley, our focus was the dunes, however, we decided to take one run at Zabriskie for sunrise.  It is an iconic spot not to be missed.  We picked the right day as we were treated to a great moment.  By far the best sunrise light and clouds I’ve seen there. […]

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